Thursday, July 31, 2014

Poop Coloring 2: Experiment 1

I have written in the past about the difficult nature of finding poop in the autumn back yard full of mostly brown leaves. And this fall, I decided to finally do something about it. Coloring the poop seemed like a good approach and I could add something healthy to my dog's diet at the same time.

Beets are my coloring of choice for this experiment, since they are a healthy vegetable for dogs and people. I have a two pronged approach.

1. I steamed beets for the family for dinner. The water left over in the bottom of the pan was decidedly dark red. I gave that to Sunny to drink. He liked it.

2. I made a batch of beet kvass for him. Kvass is a traditional fermented Russian beverage. You make it by fermenting (or culturing) chopped up beets. I made two batches (with the same beets) and had the kvass (thick dark reddish purple liquid) and the beets leftover from the culturing process. Roxy really seemed to like eating several beet chunks a day. Sunny lapped up the liquid (about a cup a day) and ate some beet chunks every day for about a week.

In this picture, the first batch of beet kvass is on the right, the beet chunks after pouring off the liquid next, the beet chunks refilled with water to make the second batch, and the last picture is the kvass liquid from the first batch.

I have apparently misjudged the amount of beets it would take to alter Sunny's poop. No pictures have been included because, well, ewwwwww. And I didn't take any. Sunny's poop stayed decidedly brown with no hints of red. Roxy's as well. Experiment failed. From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GMOs are scary...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Homemade Toothpaste

I found this recipe online and have been making my own toothpaste for about 6 months now.

Mix together in a bowl:
5 tsp calcium and magnesium powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp xylitol powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Add in and mix well:
4-5 tsp coconut oil (if necessary, warm the oil until it is a liquid in a bowl placed in another bowl of warm water)

Mix 4-5 drops of peppermint oil into the mixture.

I store it in a small glass jar and use a spoon to scrape or scoop it out (depending on whether it is summer or winter temperatures in the house). In the winter it warms up right away in your mouth. You can add another teaspoon of xylitol if you want it to taste better/sweeter or want children to like it. So far I have just used either the cinnamon or the mint to flavor it.

It is nice to know that all the ingredients are good for me and my teeth.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Now A World

We saw these two flicks this weekend...
The Spectacular Now was surprisingly good. It avoided a lot of teen stereotypes and delivered a real story with good characters. It had layers, man.
In a World… was a likable movie. Some laughs, good people, okay story. Just nothing really stood out. I would have liked to have heard her doing more voices, imitations, dialects, something funny.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Island Way Back

Last weekend's movie lineup was interesting.
Cutthroat Island. Hmmm. Definitely big budget. But things just didn't come together. It wasn't horrible and had some things going for it. But the cheese factor was high and Geena Davis was… strange.
The Way Way Back was pretty good. I would have liked the ending to be a bit different. Tweaked a bit. But the acting was pretty good and the characters were woven into the story. This was a nice coming of age movie.

The Lone Rundown

This weekend we watched:
I am still trying to figure out how this one got on the queue and then how it got far enough up on the queue that we got it at home. Anyway, we watched it. It's a decent action movie. A few funny parts. Seann William Scott's character was a bit lackluster. I didn't really care what happened to him.
I took the Lone Ranger as a funny, entertaining movie. I didn't try to read into it or worry about what was realistic or believable. And it helps that even though I remember watching the tv show as a kid, I really don't remember much about it. They obviously made lots of changes, but that didn't bother me.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A. Warrior

Last weekend's movie lineup was better than most.
ACOD was okay. It never got really funny. But it had some good moments. I'm not crazy about the ending. Is that lazy writing? Am I supposed to pick what I want to have happened?
Warrior was much better than I would have guessed. The story, characters and actors were all well done. The fight scenes got a little brutal but were not over the top violent. (That's a compliment btw.) I actually really liked this one.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wolvomon Kine

This weekend's lineup was surprisingly good.
Solomon Kane surprised me. The story was much better than I expected it to be. It was a titsch violent for me, but not over the top. I hope if they make more of these that they stay of this quality.
The Wolverine. First off, I have to admit that I don't remember much of the last Wolverine movie (except for him screaming in pain in a big metal bathtub, idk what happens after that) or even the last X-Men movie that he was in. So taking this movie on its own as a stand alone, I found the story to be fairly cohesive. Lots of action, followed its story well, and some new characters (or just new to me) that were good. There were a few moments in the movie where the character motivations seemed unclear (or just completely out of character) but otherwise, it was an enjoyable Saturday night flick.
Watched Epic again with all 3 kids and they all loved it. The 6-year old made it through the whole movie and it wasn't too scary for her.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Epic Fe-elysium Year of Chi

Here's the last few weekends in one post:
Elysium seemed like it was going to be good. But it faded. And how were they going to make a lasting change in this dystopian future?
Touchy Feely was a bit too understated for me. It needed some oomph.
Man of Tai Chi was good for a kicking butt movie. I liked Tiger Chen and the story. Having to read subtitles was a bit of a distraction when I wanted to be watching the movie, but that certainly fits with the story. Keanu was keanu and it mostly worked for the bad dude.
I Give it a Year. It had all the good elements of a great romcom. I liked the actors and the characters. But all the lines of the best man should have been rewritten. To be funny. And why make Anna Faris look less pretty? But it did have a good ending.
Epic was the family movie one night. Too exciting for the 6-year old but the 9 and 12 year old loved it. I liked it, too. Animated movies aren't my favorite usually but this one had a good story and funny parts. And the animation was fun to watch.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Redrased

Here was our weekend movie lineup.
Erased was a pretty good spy action movie. Not as good as Bourne Identity but still had some decent stuff. More realistic in some ways, but I thought he took a lot of chances with his daughter's life for a dad who was trying to keep his daughter safe.
Red 2 was also a pretty good spy movie but in a different way. This movie was the big Hollywood version with some humor thrown in. The violence was a bit over the top. But it was supposed to be. Mary Louise Parker's character was probably the best.

With the girls we watched the Voice go from 6 to 5. We all seem to like Jacqui Lee for the win. But Tessanne knocked it out of the park last week. Only 2 weeks left I believe.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Win Peace Girl

Here's our holiday weekend movie lineup.
Win Win was better than I expected. After the slow start, it moved in interesting ways with a good story and good characters. I really liked the wife/mom as the story evolved.
Girl Most Likely was okay. I really like Kristen Wiig normally. But this one seemed like it was missing something. It had funny parts, quirkiness, some good characters but Kristen's character seemed to be a little two-dimensional and not fleshed out enough. I didn't feel like I knew her.
I didn't know what this one was about when I put it on the queue. But R.I.P.D. ended up being a decent diversion. It was just meant to be fun and so it doesn't seem right to nitpick it.

With the girls we also watched The Voice go from 8 to 6. Lina was very sad to see Caroline go home. It seems like Jacqui is a front runner with the girls right now.